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Your Majesty: Say sorry to mark your Platinum Jubilee and help end that poisonous history

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26.05.2022

The British Empire once ruled over a quarter of the world's population, from North America to India and from interior Africa to the Middle East. This June, the UK is lavishly celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years since she ascended the throne in 1952, after her father, King George VI, died, to become the longest serving Head of State in British history. Under Queen Elizabeth, much of the British Empire collapsed, as many nations became independent.

However, as the United Kingdom displays cheerful images celebrating the Queen's seven decades on the throne, a terrible history of the country she leads lurks in the background—history of pain, humiliation, slavery and divisions are still remembered across the globe. Nothing will make that history go away and be forgotten. Nations, which paid dearly under the British Empire and still live with the consequences, from India to Jamaica, will always remember such legacies.

Picture released on 1968 of a British colonial authorities committing barbaric acts against a Rhodesian demonstrator in South Rodhesia, former Zimbabwe [-/AFP via Getty Images]

Picture released on 1968 of a British colonial authorities committing barbaric acts against a Rhodesian demonstrator in South Rodhesia, former Zimbabwe [-/AFP via Getty Images]

South Sudan became the last former British colony to gain independence in 2011 by breaking away from The Sudan, which was also part of the British Empire on which the "sun never sets". Careful scrutiny of the imperial history in The Sudan would reveal that its division, decades after independence, was rooted in an imperial idea to, administratively, divide it into two regions back in the earlier 19th century, and that break up became a division leading to actual partition. The British colonial policy makers, undoubtedly, mastered the "divide and rule" game earlier on and made it a standard policy wherever they set foot.

Wherever the Empire ruled, it made history and turned lives of millions of people........

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